Jane Krause Paine

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  • "Treasure your abundant collective and individual memories...."
    - The Homeniuk Family
  • "I considered myself lucky to have such a mentor in my own..."
    - Kathy Krause
  • "My sister Laura and I have great memories of Jane and her..."
    - Mary Davis
  • "It was with great pleasure that I was able to work with..."
    - Audrey Richardson
  • "Jane was an amazing role model for us and she will be..."
    - Frank and Karen Greening
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Paine, Jane Krause died Feb. 14th, 2017 at the age of 89. She lived a remarkable life, dedicated to her family and community. She was a loyal alumna of John Burroughs School and Randolph Macon Women's College. Beginning with a summer volunteer experience when she was 15 years old and culminating with a major role on multiple national boards, Jane passionately devoted her enormous energies to addressing social injustice, supporting families, and advocating for children through a range of volunteer and professional roles throughout her life. From her earliest efforts as a caseworker in the St. Louis Welfare Office, to helping start early childhood programs in urban St. Louis that would provide the model for Head Start, to helping build Parents as Teachers, to serving as Executive Director of the Conference on Education, to serving as an educational consultant to the Danforth Foundation, she brought energy, commitment, and a belief in the power of education. Jane had a unique ability to turn her idealistic vision for families and education into activities on the ground in her community. She recognized the importance of bringing people and organizations together when solving hard problems, and promoted this collaboration on the multiple boards she sat on - Epworth Children's Home, National Parents as Teachers, and the Child Welfare League of America - to advocate for the interests of children. As a result of her tireless service and commitment and a testament to her community impact, she received many awards over her lifetime from educational institutions, communities, and advocacy groups in St. Louis and around the nation. Jane was passionate in her love for and commitment to family. She was born in St. Louis on May 23, 1927, the daughter of Macon Plummer Webster and George Lynn Krause, sister to George Lynn Krause, Jr. and John Penn Krause, all deceased. For 64 years she was the loving wife of Robert Paine, who died in 2013. She was a loving, kind, firm, funny and intellectually inspiring mother who, together with her beloved Bob, provided a remarkable model for marriage, parenting and life. She is survived by her three children and their spouses (Robert Paine III and Marilynn Etkin Paine, Lynn Webster Paine and Brian DeLany, and Jane Macon Paine Finley and Peter Finley). Jane was also an amazing, loving grandmother who took enormous joy and pride in her grandchildren (Andrew Webster Paine, Lynn Robinson Finley, Robert Cory Finley, Thomas Paine Finley, Macon DeLany Paine, and William Paine DeLany), and her great grandchild, Webster James, born to Andrew and Lindsley Paine. She was generous with cookies, hugs, stories, and counsel. She had an abiding love for summers spent on St. Joseph's Island, Ontario, Canada, enjoying restorative time in nature, spending time with family, taking walks in the woods, reading books, and swimming in the cold water she loved. A person of great faith, Jane was a pillar at the University United Methodist Church. Strong in meeting every hurdle, she made all her days count, even in the face of serious health challenges. She was a role model to the women and men she touched throughout her life, both as a mother and as a community leader. Her family and many friends are so grateful we had her, and will miss her deeply. The family is planning a celebration of her life March 4 at 11 a.m. at University United Methodist Church (6901 Washington Ave., University City), with a reception to follow. Gifts in memory of her life can be sent to University United Methodist Church (6901 Washington Ave, University City, MO 31030), Epworth Children's and Family Services (110 N Elm Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119), or Randolph College (formerly Randolph-Macon Women's College) (Randolph College Office of Institutional Advancement, P.O. Box 3215, Lynchburg, VA 24503).
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Feb. 21, 2017